About

Aventus Property Group (APG) is a specialist fund and asset manager of Large Format Retail (LFR) centres in Australia.

Aventus Property Group has been established to provide management services to the Aventus Retail Property Fund, a managed investment trust that was listed in October 2015 to invest in Australian retail property, focusing on LFR centres.

APG is jointly owned by entities associated with its CEO, Darren Holland and Brett Blundy who share over 58 years of retail and property experience and have developed significant insight into operations, property management, leasing, development and enhancement of retail and homemaker centres across Australia.

Brett Blundy is a founder and investor in a number of global retail brands, with past and present interests in companies such as Adairs, Lovisa, Bras N Things and Dusk.

Darren Holland is co-founder and has over 25 years of experience in acquiring, leasing, developing and managing Large Format Retail properties, including experience with the only pure-play listed Australian LFR centre owner and operator to date, Homemaker Retail Group (ASX: HRP).

As at 3 July 2017, the Fund owned 22 LFR centres in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA valued at circa $1.8 billion. National retailers represent 84% of the total portfolio by Gross Lettable Area.

The Aventus Property Group management team provides key investment management functions including property management, leasing, marketing, acquisitions, and development, providing an end-to-end service to manage and identify value-add opportunities across the investment cycle.

Approach

  • Optimise and broaden the tenancy mix through proactive leasing, leveraging retailer relationships and operational excellence
  • Identify and deliver value enhancing opportunities within the existing portfolio
  • Selective acquisitions to enhance the Fund’s portfolio and entrench the Fund as the leading pure-play LFR landlord in Australia.
  • Take advantage of regulatory reforms in re-zoning and planning regimes for the existing portfolio.
THE FUND IS ALWAYS SEEKING
TO EXPAND, REPOSITION
OR REVITALISE OUR CENTRES
TO LIFT THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.
DARREN HOLLANDExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Senior Management

Darren Holland

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Darren-HollandDarren Holland

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Darren has more than 25 years experience in the retail property industry. He is experienced in leasing, development, asset management and acquisitions, and has grown assets under management from one centre in 2004 to 22 centres as at the date of this report, valued at $1.8 billion.

Prior to joining Aventus Property Group, Darren played a leading role in the development and management of the only other pure-play listed LFR owner and operator to date, Homemaker Retail Group (ASX: HRP). Darren holds a Bachelor of Business (Land Economics) from the University of Western
Sydney and is a Registered Valuer and Licensed Real Estate Agent.

Lawrence Wong

Chief Financial Officer

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Chief Financial Officer

Lawrence has over 17 years of experience in investment management, corporate development and financial services. He is responsible for capital management and financial reporting functions as well as overseeing investor relations, treasury and accounting.

Prior to joining Aventus Property, Lawrence was the Fund Manager for a number of listed and unlisted funds at Brookfield Multiplex with over $1.1bn in assets under management. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Lawrence will also act as Company Secretary to Aventus Property Group.

Adam Trent

Head of Development

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Head of Development

Adam has more than 15 years of experience in the property industry, primarily focussed on the development, master planning and repositioning of shopping centres and retail assets for listed and large institutional owners and managers.

Adam has across-the-board experience in the retail property sector gained through working on projects across Australia, as well as in the UK and Europe.

Prior to joining Aventus Property, Adam held Senior Development Management roles with Macquarie Bank Real Estate Group, Charter Hall and most recently Frasers Property Australia / Australand (Australand was acquired by Frasers in October 2014). During his time at Frasers, he was responsible for the masterplanning, development and delivery of retail projects in NSW and Queensland.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Land Economics (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney.

Cameron Male

Head of Acquisitions

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Head of Acquisitions

Cameron has over 15 year’s experience in the retail property sector completing tier one property transactions, fund and joint venture establishment.

Prior to joining Aventus Property, Cameron was the General Manager, Capital Transactions and Valuations at Federation Centres where he was responsible in raising more than A$2bn in third party joint venture capital in recent years. Cameron holds a Bachelor or Business (Property) from RMIT University and is a Certified Practicing Valuer.

Gary Jones

Chief Operating Officer

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Chief Operating Officer

Gary has over 14 years of experience in the property industry including the past 11 years in retail property. He is responsible for asset management and centre operations, overseeing the centre management, leasing, lease administration and marketing teams.

Prior to joining Aventus Property, Gary worked with Westfield and QIC in the management of some of Australia’s premier super regional retail shopping centres including Westfield Bondi Junction and Castle Towers, and has had 10 years experience in the retail industry. He holds a Diploma in Law from the Legal Profession Admissions Board, a Masters of Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Board Members

The Board is committed to its core strategy of active portfolio management, overseeing value adding development projects, capturing benefits from changes to zoning reforms and participating in sector consolidation to enhance unitholder returns.

The Board of Aventus Capital Limited comprises five directors, three of whom are independent, including an independent chairman.

The directors bring valuable experience and skills, including industry and business knowledge, financial management and corporate governance experience.

Darren Holland

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Darren-HollandDarren Holland

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Darren has more than 25 years experience in the retail property industry. He is experienced in leasing, development, asset management and acquisitions, and has grown assets under management from one centre in 2004 to 22 centres as at the date of this report, valued at $1.8 billion.

Prior to joining Aventus Property Group, Darren played a leading role in the development and management of the only other pure-play listed LFR owner and operator to date, Homemaker Retail Group (ASX: HRP). Darren holds a Bachelor of Business (Land Economics) from the University of Western
Sydney and is a Registered Valuer and Licensed Real Estate Agent.

Bruce Carter

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

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Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Bruce has spent over 30 years in corporate recovery and insolvency. Bruce is a consultant at Ferrier Hodgson in Adelaide where he was previously the managing partner for 19 years. He was formerly a partner at Ernst & Young, Chair of the South Australian Economic Development Board and a member of the Executive Committee of Cabinet.

Bruce is currently Chair of the Australian Submarine Corporation, Deputy Chair of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited and a Director of the Bank of Queensland. Bruce holds a Masters of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kieran Pryke

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Kieran has over 25 years experience in the property industry. He spent nine years in various finance roles across the construction, development and investment management divisions within Lend Lease Corporation before becoming CFO of General Property Trust in 1996. He remained as CFO of GPT during and after the internalisation of management of GPT. Kieran was CFO of Australand Property Group between 2010 and 2014. He is currently CFO of Grocon Pty Limited.

Kieran holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Wollongong and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Robyn Stubbs

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Robyn is a Board Director and Executive Coach working across the commercial,
government and not-for-profit sectors. Drawing on a successful 25+ year career as a senior executive in large, complex organisations, Robyn sits on the Board of ASX-listed Invocare Limited as well as Lifeline Northern Beaches. She provides Executive Coaching services to a diverse range of corporate clients via Executive Coaching International (ECI).

Prior to joining the Aventus Board in 2015, Robyn spent 8 years with Stockland as a General Manager, her last role heading up Retail Leasing across a portfolio of 40 shopping centres nationally. Robyn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she holds a Master of Science degree in Coaching Psychology from The University of Sydney and was awarded a University Medal with her business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Nico van der Merwe

Non-Executive Director

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Non-Executive Director

Nico joined BB Retail Capital Pty Limited (BBRC) in 1997. He has held a number
of senior finance roles across BBRC and is currently the Group Chief Financial Officer.
Nico has over 30 years experience in commercial roles across the retail, real estate and cattle industry sectors. He holds Bachelor of Accounting Science (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
in Australia. Nico will step down as a director of Aventus Capital Limited upon the appointment of Brett Blundy in August 2017 as a director. Nico will then act as an alternate director for Brett Blundy.

As at 3 July 2017
Centres
Nationally
22
Assets Owned
& Managed
$1.8bnTotal AUD value of assets
as at 3 July 2017
Portfolio
GLA (m2)
+546,000
Retailers
586